The Minister of Social Development, Ms Lindiwe Zulu and the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial MEC of Social Development, Ms Nonhlanhla Khoza will tomorrow, Thursday 13 June conduct a visit to assess ongoing humanitarian relief efforts in the disaster-stricken area of Magwaveni, Tongaat and distribute Social Relief of Distress (SRD) vouchers to affected individuals and households.

 

According to the South African Weather Service, a strong tornado hit Magwaveni and surrounding areas, leaving behind a trail of destruction which led to the loss of human life. The extent of the damage was such that about 1 947 houses were totally damaged, leaving about 1 687 families displaced. The affected individuals and families are currently accommodated in 3 temporary shelters established in eThekwini.

 

Government has through the National Disaster Management Centre declared a state of disaster and activated Phase 1 of its Disaster Response Approach, focusing on a coordinated disaster response through the provision of immediate humanitarian assistance to meet the basic needs of those most impacted by the disasters. This is guided by the Disaster Management Act (Act No. 57 of 2022 as amended), which provides for the whole-of-Government and society response to natural or human-caused disasters at national, provincial and local levels.

 

SRD is a temporary grant provided in terms of Section 32 of the Social Assistance Act (Act No. 13 of 204, as amended) intended for persons in such a dire material need that they are unable to meet their families’ most basic needs as they recover and rebuild their lives.

 

During the visit the Minister Zulu and MEC Khoza will also meet with local authorities, community leaders, local humanitarian relief organisations and affected people to discuss the most effective ways to coordinate and deliver the much-needed further aid and support.

 

“On behalf of our Government, I take this opportunity to thank all local relief organisations, business and individuals for uniting behind President Ramaphosa call to respond to the humanitarian needs of families, including prioritising the needs of children, older persons and persons with disabilities whose lives have been upended by this disaster”, said Minister Zulu.

 

Members of the media are invited to attend and cover Minister Zulu and MEC Khoza’s visit to the Magwaveni area planned as follows:

 

Activity 1: Walkabout and interaction with local authorities, humanitarian relief organisations and affected people

Date:            Thursday, 13 June 2024 

Venue:          Magwaveni temporary shelter, Magwaveni sports field-Tongaat

Time:            08h00-08h40

 

Activity 2: Handover of Social Relief of Distress to affected individuals and families

Date:            Thursday, 13 June 2024 

Venue:          Tongaat Indoor Sports Centre, Tongaat

Time:            08h40-09h30

 

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Media Advisory

 

Although South Africa has recorded reasonable strides to protect children, they still face many harmful practices in the name of culture. It is for this reason that the Department of Social Development decided to put a spotlight on cultural harmful practices that aim to undermine the care and protection of children. These harmful practices in South Africa include ukuthwalwa(forced marriage) and ukwaluka.

 

In its report, titled: Situation Analysis on Children, Statistics South Africa reveals that between the years, 2006 and 2021, South Africa recorded about 207 child marriages which took place in 2021, and 37 of these were civil marriages and 19 were highlighted as customary solemnised marriages.

 

The report also reveals that children are still mostly vulnerable to violence.

 

According to the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, at least 34 initiates died during this past initiation season in the Eastern Cape Province. To address this and other challenges impacting negatively on children, in its legislative mandate as outlined in the Children’s Act 38 of 2005, which seeks to raise awareness and provide guidance on the promotion of the rights of children; the Department of Social Development will on Saturday, June 08, commemorate international  Children’s day at KwaMhlanga, Mpumalanga Province.

 

International Children’s Day, is commemorated June 1 but due to elections was moved to June 8. The day will be commemorated under the theme: “Eliminating Harmful Practices Affecting Children: Progress on Policy and Practice”, and in in line with the 365 Days Child Protection Programme.

 

The World Conference for the Well-being of Children in Geneva, Switzerland, proclaimed June 1 to be International Children's Day in 1925, which is observed every year. After the conference, different governments globally, declared the day as Children's Day to draw attention to children's issues.

 

The department is focusing on the prevention of harmful cultural practice, and safety of boys at initiation schools. Children and parents will on the day be educated and have an opportunity to express their views about other harmful practices, such as ukuthwala.

 

The commemoration will in addition promote children’s right to participation, raise awareness on amongst others, child abuse, neglect and exploitation, brutal child killings while capacitating children on how to report child abuse related cases.

 

 

Members of the media are invited to attend and cover the international Children’s Day planned as follows:

 

Date:  Saturday, 08 June 2024

Time:   09h00

Venue: Building number 12, Old Provincial Legislature, Government Complex, Kwa-Mhlanga, Mpumalanga

 

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Just three days after South Africa witnessed President Cyril Ramaphosa signing the landmark National Council on Gender-Based Violence and Femicide Bill into law, the Minister of Social Development, Ms Lindiwe Zulu will today, Monday 27 May officially launch Khuseleka One-Stop Centre at Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children in Manenberg, Cape Town.

 

This follows Minister Zulu’s oversight visit to the Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children last week to assess the implementation of the National Strategic Plan on Gender-Based Violence and Femicide.  The DSD Portfolio is responsible for Pillar 4:  response, care, support and healing. This involves the establishment Khuseleka One-Stop Centre to ensure survivors receive appropriate care and support services as they recover and rebuild their lives. 

Khuseleka One-Stop Centre provides lifesaving services to survivors of gender-based violence such as psychosocial support and trauma counselling, health care, police services, legal assistance, placement of children in school, shelter services and court preparations, amongst others. The name ''Khuseleka'' is derived from the Zulu word which means protection.

 

The multisectoral approach at Khuseleka One-Stop Centre is crucial in preventing and breaking the cycle of violence against women and children. In addition to the multisectoral services, Khuseleka One-Stop Centre provides the much-needed skills training and assist with job placement where possible to survivors to rebuild their lives and escape abuse. 

 

This is important as economic concern is a major reason that survivors remain in abusive relationships, as they depend on the abuser and lack the means to provide for themselves and their children if they leave.

 

Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children is a one-stop centre that renders psychosocial support, including trauma counselling and court preparation for victims and survivors of gender-based violence to recover and rebuild their lives.

 

The launch of the Khuseleka One-Stop Centre forms part of this year’s Child Protection Month Campaign under the theme: “Protecting South Africa’s Children 30 years on”.

 

Members of the media are invited to attend and cover the launch of Khuseleka One-Stop Centre planned as follows:

 

Date:            Monday, 27 May 2024 

Venue:          Klipfontein Road in Manenberg, Cape Town

Time:            14h00-16h00

 

Media can RSVP by contacting Ms Nomfundo Xulu-Lentsoane on 066 480 6845 /e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it./ and Ms Sharlene Naiker on 082 673 5849/ e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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The Department of Social Development will commemorate the International Children’s Day on 08 June 2024, at Kwa-Mhlanga Provincial Legislature in Kwa-Mhlanga, Mpumalanga Province. Under the theme, “Eliminating Harmful Practices Affecting Children – Progress on Policy and Practice,” this occasion aims to shed light on critical issues impacting the well-being of children. 

International Children’s Day, observed annually on 01 June, traces its origins to the 1925 World Conference for the well-being of Children in Geneva, Switzerland. It serves as a global platform to raise awareness and mobilize action towards addressing challenges faced by children worldwide. 

This commemoration is part of the Department of Social Development's broader initiatives during Child Protection Week, spanning from May 28th to June 4th every year.

 

The Minister of Social Development, Ms Lindiwe Zulu will on Thursday, 23 May, visit and hand over a tractor and potato planters to the value of R1 147 056.90 from the National Development Agency (NDA) to MCVA Agriacomologitic Cooperative at Tsheseng Village under Maluti-A-Phofung Local Municipality, Free State Province.

 

MCVA is a registered agricultural cooperative that was established in 2013 to address issues of unemployment and rural food security at Tsheseng Village. The cooperative has used the funds from the NDA to purchase a brand-new tractor, potato planters and harvester in preparation for the new potato planting season.

 

The MCVA project has a huge potential to create the much-needed job opportunities for unemployed youth at Tsheseng and surrounding villages throughout the production cycle, starting from land preparation, planting, weeding, harvesting, and packaging.  

 

Members of the media are invited to join Minister Zulu’s visit scheduled as follows:

 

Date: Thursday, 23 May 2024

Venue: Tsheseng Tribal Authority, Tsheseng Village -  Maluti-A-Phofung Local   Municipality

Time: 10h00 - 13h00

 

Media RSVPs may be directed to:

 

Ms Sharlene Naiker on 082 673 5849 or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / Ms Nomfundo Xulu-Lentsoane on 066 480 6845 or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / Ms Lesego Ranchu 073 547 2800 or e-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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